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  • Reviews and Photos from Wynton’s Third Harvard Lecture “Meet Me at the Crossroads”

    Posted on February 14th, 2012 in Review

    Wynton Marsalis recently gave the third of six epic lectures that he is slated to give at Harvard University. He promised that this one wasn’t going to be 4 and half hours long, as the last one was. When he got started, the result was part history lesson, part concert, part spoken-word poetry reading. Three hours into the show, his agenda became clear: He was telling a timeless story about love. For Charlie “Yardbird’’ Parker, inventor of bebop. For Bessie Smith, teller of the low-down nasty truth. For Woody Guthrie, who sang about running from the law. For all those who sang about being both broke and broken-hearted. For every artist who cared more about art than celebrity.

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  • The melding of American music

    Posted on February 7th, 2012 in Review

    A crossroad is a possible turning point, perhaps from the past, or from tradition, or from another direction. But to Wynton Marsalis, the legendary musician and artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center, a crossroad is an intersection meant to be celebrated, which is exactly what he did in his combination performance and lecture at Harvard Monday evening.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis returns to Harvard University for third lecture in series

    Posted on January 30th, 2012 in Education | 1

    Wynton Marsalis continues his two-year lecture series at Harvard with an exploration of root styles of American music in Sanders Theatre on Feb. 6. Currently the artistic director of jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis is an accomplished musician, composer, bandleader, and educator who has made the promotion of jazz and cultural literacy his hallmark cause.

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  • Marsalis in motion

    Posted on September 16th, 2011 in Review

    Using rhythm and music and motion, Wynton Marsalis took a rapt audience through the evolution of the American dance form at a packed Sanders Theatre Thursday night.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis returns to Harvard University for second lecture in series

    Posted on September 6th, 2011 in Education

    Marsalis’ second lecture, “The Double Crossing of a Pair of Heels: The Dynamics of Social Dance and American Popular Musics,” will be accompanied by live performances by acclaimed dance professionals, including Jared Grimes, Nelida Tirado, Eddie Torres Jr., Heather Gehring, and Lou Brockman.
    “In this lecture, I will address the dynamic relationship between American music and social dance in our culture,” Marsalis said. “It will focus on what our dancing and music tells us about our traditions, our sense of community, and our rituals of courtship.”

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  • Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues in Movie Theaters

    Posted on August 9th, 2011 in Concerts | 5

    CM Fathom, Reprise Records and Jazz at Lincoln Center are excited to announce a special, one night concert event, September 7th at 7:30PM (local time) in movie theaters nationwide. Jazz great Wynton Marsalis and guitar legend Eric Clapton come together for a spellbinding evening of blues, rock and jazz performed with a dazzling eight member orchestra, captured live this past spring at the famous Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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  • “Marsalis and Clapton Play The Blues” to be released on September 2011

    Posted on July 21st, 2011 in Music | 4

    New York City’s premier jazz venue got the blues last April when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these musical virtuosos with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis.

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  • Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Played The Blues at Jazz at Lincoln Center

    Posted on April 12th, 2011 in Review | 8

    Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton collaborated forces this past weekend at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater, to explore the shared musical ground between New Orleans, the Delta and Chicago. Joined by eight other stellar musicians, including members of Marsalis’ quintet, Marsalis and Clapton performed the works of W.C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Howlin’ Wolf, Big Maceo and more. The songs were selected by Clapton, while Marsalis’ arrangements embodied the authentic New Orleans sound of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band.

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  • Rolling Stone: Eric Clapton, Wynton Marsalis Play the Blues in New York City

    Posted on April 11th, 2011 in Review

    “I pat myself on the back – it took a lot of courage to come here,” Eric Clapton said halfway through his show at New York’s Rose Hall on April 8th, glancing and smiling at the men with him on stage: eight members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, including trumpeter and JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Clapton then introduced the next song, nodding over his shoulder at bassist Carlos Henriquez. “This one was foisted on me by Carlos,” the British guitarist said. “I didn’t think it would work.”   Keep reading »

  • Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis & Norah Jones celebrate Ray Charles with Here We Go Again

    Posted on February 15th, 2011 in Music

    The first meeting of these kindred spirits took place at The Allen Room at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center for two nights in 2007; their encore appearance was also staged at the heralded jazz house—this time for two sold-out nights at Rose Theater in February 2009 with special guest Norah Jones. Rather than rehash the previous material Nelson and Marsalis had first presented, the threesome paid homage to the music of the late Ray Charles, the iconic star of soul, r&b, country, jazz and pop.

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